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Rebecca C.
"I am living my dream."

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Surgery Date:  November 2006
Surgery:  Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

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My Life Before Bariatric Surgery

I had been large my entire life.  I remember vividly getting weighed in the second grade and when I told the coach I was 90 lbs, she looked at me in disbelief. Then came middle school: I remember running the mile and always being the last person to finish.  I didn't realize just how large I really was until the end of middle school.  I realized that few people liked me because I was big.  That's when the yo-yo dieting began.  I tried almost every diet out there for about six years.  It's sad, but people really do judge you on the way you look.  It all felt hopeless.

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Making the Decision

Once I started college, I knew I had to find a permanent solution.  I was determined to start a new life for myself.  All I needed was self-confidence, and a guarantee that my weight issues weren't going to affect my health down the road. I had met so many people, and established so many relationships, and I wanted to know that I had a long healthy life ahead of me. 

Being relatively young for a surgery like gastric bypass, I asked my mother about having it done. And at first she said absolutely not.  Then I did the research and called her a few months later, more prepared. She changed her mind, and went with me to meet Dr. Hall at Barix Clinics.  That was it. We both knew this was the decision for me.  I had found a way to be there for my friends and family, with a long healthy life.  The surgery would also give me the confidence and self-esteem to push myself to my fullest potential. 

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My Barix Experience
 

Working with Barix was amazing.

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Makeing Success Happen


The first couple of weeks were a little difficult for me.  After I was able to start on solid food again things got easier.  My body had been cleansed of everything bad after the surgery, so starting fresh was relatively easy.  The first few months went by quickly and the weight just fell off.  By August when I went back to school, people didn't recognize me.  They would walk right by me.  It felt amazing!  I was able to maintain the diet easily.  There are times that I miss those old foods, but I wouldn't trade anything I used to eat for the weight loss results I have experienced… ever! 

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How is your life after surgery?

Life now is amazing.  I am living my dream.  I work with animals at an aquarium, which requires a lot of physical activity.  I would not have been able to keep up if I hadn't had the surgery.  I also recently got married to the man of my dreams.  I would never have met him without the surgery either.  My confidence has soared and I know that my health is much better.  I took a gym class in college after the surgery and walked the mile in less then eight minutes.  That felt so good knowing that I had made so much progress.  I’ve taken up activities such as yoga and step aerobics because I know that I can do them now. 

I try to live life to the fullest.
I don't believe I would be in the place that I am without the confidence and self-esteem I developed after my Barix experience. 

What would you tell someone considering Barix?

You have to be ready for the lifestyle changes that come with the surgery.  They are permanent if you want to keep the weight off.  I have absolutely no regrets about my surgery, and if you're prepared for it, go for it.  It is worth it in every way.

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